The Florida Press Club recently announced the winners to its annual Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest. This year SFGN won five awards including two first place wins.
Executive Editor Jason Parsley won three of the awards, which include first place in General Writing and Minority Reporting as well as a second place win in the Lucy Morgan Award for in-depth reporting.
Parsley’s winning body of work includes his in-depth expose “Abuse of Power,” which details the allegations of sexual misconduct by a local philanthropist and documentarian during his time as a prep school head master; the sex predator scandal at the Pride Center; the collapse of the OutGames in Miami; and Parsley’s breaking news coverage of the gay bashing that took place in Miami after Gay Pride.
SFGN’s Art Director, Brendon Lies, took second place in Artist Illustration. Lastly, SFGN took third place in the Special Section category for its coverage of the one year commemoration of the Pulse massacre, which included stories from freelancers Denise Royal and Michael d’Oliveira.
“These awards show SFGN’s commitment to journalism. Congratulation to all of the winners,” said SFGN Publisher Norm Kent. “In this era of fake news it’s important that we continue to celebrate and honor real news. We are a small community newspaper with limited resources so we are always especially proud when our work is recognized by our peers.”
Last year SFGN also won five awards in the competition including a first place win for Illustration by Lies; second place for Minority Reporting by Christiana Lilly; and third place for Community News writing by Dori Zinn.
To read this year’s winning stories visit SFGN.com/2018Awards.